NFN users and NFN4Good site owners secure from Heartbleed bug on Open SSL

The good news first, our system administrator , Warren Anderson, reported earlier: “

Warren Anderson Presidents Award 2014“The “Heartbleed” bug affects OpenSSL versions 1.01 and 1.02. Naples Free-Net does not use the affected software. External tests have shown that we are not vulnerable.”

In other words, NFN users information is securely stored and was not exposed.

Mashable posted: The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Thank you to Steve Hart, who allowed us to use his article, published this morning on Relevanza.

Heartbleed bug on OpenSSL is an open wound

You’ve no doubt read about the Heartbleed bug that could affect websites using OpenSSL encryption for secure services – like financial transactions.

There is certainly no shortage of posts about the bug and it presents potential danger for some websites. An estimate published by ARStechnica suggests approximately 600,000 of a reported 28 million servers and other devices responding to a SSL connection request remained vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. That estimate was made April 8th and at the time it was suggested a third of all servers had received a security patch to fix the vulnerability.

Other estimates suggest two-thirds of all servers dependent on OpenSSL have the potential to be affected.

OpenSSL is an open-source system of software networks which works to encrypt just over half of all websites which need secure connections to do business. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and if your website URL adds an “s” to the http preface on the URL – https – you are probably using OpenSSL.

HeartbleedThe Heartbleed bug, as it’s come to be called, is a recently discovered vulnerability in the software that could allow hackers to access sensitive, important encrypted information such as passwords or, even, credit card numbers on the way from your computer to the web site using the data. There is currently no way to know if any particular site has been exploited because of the flaw but companies are moving very quickly to make patches and mend the flaw.

There are at least two sites (probably others) website users can go to check a site for vulnerabilities. One site is was set up by the security firm, LastPass. Another site was set up by Filippo Valsorda, Twitter and GitHub and can be found here.

Links reading more:

Photo: The Mothership by Trey Ratcliff, StuckinCustoms.com

Learning Programming Languages

Earlier this week we notified our members and the public of our new initiative, one-on-one tutoring sessions. It triggered an interest and George Santos, program manager, takes care of them. One member has had more in-depth tutoring needs. He asked:

“What about writing real code (eg, C++, Python, Javascript, Java)?”

Any computer science program at local universities will cover an array of programming languages. And there are quite a few online learning sites. They offer more problem oriented coding tutorials and are free of charge or a very reasonable priced. All courses are conducted online with coursework published on web pages and in videos, and contain in addition tests, code review and provde a community forum to connect with professors and fellow students.
Make not mistakes: Online courses require a certain amount of self-discipline, curiosity, patience and perseverance, all traits of an aspiring software engineer.

Udacity

CodeAcademy

Make Use Of, one of my favorite technology sites, published a while ago the article:  3 Websites To Get Started With Learning C++ 

The Tech Shell provided in a slighly more recent article: 4 Best Sites To Learn C and C+

This should get people started, that would go more hard core on the learning path.

If you, dear reader know of any additional sites and resources, please post them in the comment section.

Photo: Chicago by Trey Ratcliff, Stuck In Customs

New Initiative: One-on-One Tutoring

The Naples Free-Net (NFN) is launching a new individual training service: One-on-One Tutoring. Members and Instructors will meet, primarily at the NFN Office, or any site, at date/time agreed upon by the parties involved.

Donations are requested per hour or any part of an hour as follows:

  • Premimum Members: $25
  • Standard Members: $30
  • Non-Members: $40

Bring a friend/spouse training in the same subject and get one half off for the second person: $12.50, $15, and $20 respectively per hour/part.

We are offering instruction in all Windows Operating Systems, Digital Photography, Wireless Connections, Skype, Microsoft Office Apps, Wireless Mobile (IPAD, IPhone, Android, Tablets, etc), and most Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Also WordPress, Google+, GoogleApps, and the Cloud. We will suit your training to your needs.

Please email us at: tutornfn@naples.net

Include your Name, NFN UserID (first part of your NFN email address as applicable), Contact Information, and the subject(s) you would like to learn more about.

Or fill out below request form: